It’s been a weekend full of missed penalties.
Manchester City didn’t just fluff one spot kick, but two in their frustrating 1-1 draw with Everton. Moreover, it appears Christian Benteke has been keen to continue the trend in Crystal Palace’s clash with West Ham.
The Belgian striker spooned his effort into the stands and Liverpool fans have been lapping it up. The man himself won’t look back on the strike fondly.
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After a frustrating season at Liverpool, Benteke has enjoyed a new lease of life at Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old already has three league goals for the Eagles and has helped them rise to the top half of the table.
It’s led to a return to favour in the national team also. In fact, this week saw Benteke score the fastest goal in European World Cup qualifying history after just seven seconds.
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Therefore, it’s fair to say that the Belgian was coming into this weekend’s West Ham fixture in a rich vein of form.
Nevertheless, Palace got off to a nightmarish and unexpected start when Manuel Lanzini flicked the relegation zone dwelling Hammers into the lead.
Beneteke was handed the perfect opportunity to level up affairs though when Angelo Ogbonna fouled him in the area. From just 12 yards out, he could garner further praise for his flying start in south London.
However, despite having scored four of his last five penalties in the Premier League, the Belgian couldn’t even hit the target.
Adrian sprung to his right hand side incredibly early with Benteke shooting to the opposite side of the goal. In front of the gaping goal though, the 28-year-old sent it flying high and wide.
The embarrassing miss can be seen below:
Furthermore, not only was his miss rather soft, but it proved astonishingly costly for Palace and their recent resurgence.
With the ball finding the fans and not the net, West Ham could retain their 1-0 lead and bag just their second league win of the season. Moreover, it sees the Eagles join Bournemouth as the only team not to breach the Irons’ defence.
Unsurprisingly, this had seen Liverpool supporters feel even better about their decision to offload the striker this summer. In fact, they’ve taken to social media to ensure the gaffe doesn’t go under the radar.
Here are the pick of the tweets:
Recent goal scoring run sure, but Benteke is still a long way away from his very best.
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